Copthorne is a village in the district of West Sussex. A Copthorner is traditionally known as a Yellowbelly, and there are a number of stories told as to why this might be.
One of the horrors of this world, no matter if you live in Sussex or anywhere else, is the abuse of children, in whatever form it may be. The laws in the UK, quite correctly, deal with the guilty parties severely. The law also says that the victim should be compensated for the suffering they have had to endure. This is often paid by the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme, which is government-funded to compensate the victims of violent crime and abuse. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers it.
What to do if you were below 18 at the time of the incident
The CICA recognises that children cannot always report the abuse they have suffered until they are older and therefore special rules apply:
- If you were under 18, it is best if someone applies on your behalf as soon as possible. This is because it may be harder to prove the crime later.
- If the incident or period of abuse was reported to the police before you were 18 and no one made a claim on your behalf, they will accept a claim from you providing you make it before you turn 20.
- If the incident or period of abuse took place before you turned 18, but was not reported to the police at the time, they will consider your claim if it is made within two years of the date it was reported to the police.
These regulations are intended to help victims obtain the compensation they are entitled to and apply to all types of child abuse. Injury solicitors in Copthorne will help with a criminal injury claim and are very experienced in handling these.
We have the Childline creator as our patron
Children’s rights are just one of the things Esther Rantzen has always fought hard for. There is no doubt one of the things she will be best remembered for is the setting up of Childline, the childrens freephone helpline. When she first came up with this idea she was told by children’s organisations that it would not be possible. They had not reckoned on her determination to help abused and bullied children. It was the first helpline of its kind in the world and now the idea has been copied in 150 other countries. That’s a lot of children getting help because of Esther.
Accident Advice Helpline or injury solicitors in Copthorne
Although we do not have injury solicitors in Copthorne we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need injury solicitors in Copthorne look no further than our expert service.
We have helped many thousands of victims get the compensation they were due, let us now help you. The advisors on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 are friendly and compassionate, and you can speak to them in confidence. Have a chat with one of them and if you decide you want to proceed, they will start your injury claim for you.
Date Published: 10th December 2013
Author: David Brown